Bulgaria will open a consulate in Barcelona, regional capital city of Catalonia. The consulate will serve Catalonia and Aragon, the focus-fen.net website reported.
According to the National Statistical Institute of Spain, as of 2018, 125,244 Bulgarian citizens are permanent residents in the country.
Of these, 11,229 people, or 9% of the entire Bulgarian diaspora in Spain, live in Catalonia. This makes the region the third largest recipient of Bulgarians in Spain after Madrid and the region of Valencia.
The consulate will provide easier and quicker access to consular services such as filing applications for Bulgarian identity documents, notarial attestations of powers of attorney or obtaining civil status documents.
At present, Bulgarians living in Catalonia and Aragon have to travel to Valencia or Madrid for consular services.
News source: http://www.focus-fen.net